Miami Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Attorneys

Negligence - Nursing Home & Elder Abuse

Nursing home neglect is similar to nursing home abuse in many ways, but they are not the same. While nursing home abuse implies a specific intent to harm the elder, nursing home neglect is defined as a breach of duty or form of sub-standard care that results in harm to the patient.


  • Emotional or social neglect
  • Personal hygiene neglect
  • Basic needs neglect
  • Medical neglect
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Bedsores, or pressure ulcers
  • Injuries from nursing home falls

Nursing Home & Elder Abuse FAQ
What is involuntary seclusion?

“Involuntary seclusion” is defined as separation of a resident from other residents or from her/his room or confinement to her/his room (with or without roommates) against the resident’s will, or the will of the resident’s legal representative.

What are signs of nursing home abuse?

Some signs of nursing home abuse include:

Bed injuries/asphyxiation
Dehydration
Emotionally upset or agitated, exremely withdrawn and non-communicative
Falls, fractures or head injuries
Infections
Instances of wandering/elopement
Malnutrition
Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
Rapid weight loss or weight gain; signs of malnutrition
Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident
Unexplained injuries such as wounds, cuts, bruises or welts in various stages of healing
Unsanitary and unclean conditions
Unusual or sudden changes in behavior (fear of being touched, sucking, biting, rocking)
Wanting to be isolated from others

What is care home negligence?

Care home abuse may take several forms, including:

Verbal abuse—intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, blaming, scapegoating
Sexual abuse—physical contact without your loved one’s consent, showing pornographic material, forcing your loved one to observe sexual acts, forced undress
Physical abuse—hitting, shoving, improper or wrong medication, improper use of restraints
Mental abuse—ignore, isolation, nonverbal threats

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